2011 LA Auto Show: Jaguar C-X16 Concept shows up in Neutron White

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2011

Jaguar revealed an updated version of the C-X16 Concept at the 2011 LA Auto Show and looking at the car we can say that the car is getting closer to production. Wearing a Neutron White ‘coat’, the C-X16 promises to become firm’s halo car. For those who don’t know, the C-X16 is powered by a prototype hybrid powertrain comprising a 380PS (280kW), 332lb ft (450Nm) supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, allied to an electric motor which produces an additional 70kW and 235Nm (equivalent to 95PS and 173lb ft).

The engine is mated to an eight-speed transmission and can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mpg) in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph or 300 km/h.

Jaguar’s design evolution started out from the brand’s basic fundamentals from the previous years. Thus, the future of highly advanced sports cars is definitely headed on the same traditional route. At least this is what Ian Callum has to say about what Jaguar is actually good at. Purity of line and intent means that even the newest concept cars are no exception to this rule.

Just like the new Jaguar CX16 concept, the same dramatic approach is defined in every aspect of the 2-seater sports coupé. This principle says a lot about the car’s existing bodyworks and its mechanical components. In fact, every new Jaguar seems to live up to these standards particularly with the taut and well-sculpted shapes around its Gunmetal surface.

The design language on the Jaguar CX16 Concept is conveyed in three highly impressive “heartlines”. These are the sweeping roofline, the distinctive rear styling and also the creases at the front wing. All three sections possess the splendid yet simple contours that define purity in a whole new way.

By all means, Jaguar‘s “leaping into action” demeanour is the most important aspect of its design. Callum points out how they adjusted the heartlines on the CX16 concept just to bring this to life. To jazz it up even more, his team also applied the latest signature design (i.e. trapezoidal front grille) found on the new Jaguar XJ, XF and CX75 concept cars.

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